Elegance and class, along with openness and clarity, is what the BMW reflects. And definitely, they stay ahead as one of the premium luxury auto manufacturers among the big names. As an environment-conscious brand, BMW also focuses on creating electric cars. BMW brings innovation and resource efficiency with two ultra-modern approaches: the BMW electric car i3 and the hybrid: BMW electric car i8 (2014-2020).
With emerging competitors like Mercedes Benz EQC, Jaguar I PACE, and one of the rock-solid electric car companies like Tesla with their Tesla Model S, BMW electric car i3 sees competition and innovation like never before. Additionally, BMW aims at producing up to 9 new electric cars by 2025.
And, as of now, BMW is producing hybrid sports cars and fully electric cars in their environment-friendly segment. Aren’t you curious as to what the present and future of electric cars hold? If yes, then “BMW ELECTRIC CAR i3 and i8: SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE, UNMATCHED LEGACY” is a must-read blog where you’ll know more about the BMW electric car market of the present and future.
THE BMW ELECTRIC CAR i8
The BMW i8 electric car is one of the most popular vehicles among car enthusiasts. The BMW i8 electric car defined innovation and class long before anyone else could. BMW, one of the leading electric car manufacturers, introduced the BMW electric car i8 with a forward-thinking approach and environmentally sustainable solutions.
UNIQUENESS OF THE BMW ELECTRIC CAR i8
The BMW i8 electric car reference is for its electric motor counterpart, but actually, it is a hybrid sports car. The BMW Hybrid series, like the BMW i8, employs a fuel engine and an electric motor. Both the fuel engine and the motor are used to power the vehicle’s four wheels. This beast could easily compete with large models such as the Tesla Model S, Mercedes-Benz S-Coupe, and Porsche 911.
DESIGN AND ELEMENTS
The hybrid BMW electric car i8 comes with a dual front and backseater coupé supercar design. The BMW electric car i8 has a premium, out-of-the-world feel that surpasses the definition of innovation. The swing doors of the BMW electric car i8 make it a bit tricky to get inside the car, but that never is a problem.
The BMW electric car i8 comes with an electric motor and three 1.5l cylinders that give power wheels. The BMW electric car i8 gets electric power from an 11.6-kWh battery with a range of 11 miles.
The BMW electric car i8 comes for a starting price of $147,500 (MRSP). Right now, the revolutionary BMW electric car i8 stays in the hall of fame as BMW halted its production in 2020. A true masterpiece is what this gorgeous BMW electric car i8 will remain.
THE BMW “i” SERIES
As BMW says: “sustainability starts with i,” we become sure of their strong foothold in the sustainable driving solutions. The BMW i series glorifies a decade of building and developing environment-friendly electric cars. The fleet of BMW electric cars consists of 6 electric cars, along with plug-in hybrid models. Also, BMW electric cars have range extender models, thus, showing a difference in prices.
You can expect an impressive series of headline-makers electric cars from BMW: BMW electric car i3, BMW electric car i3 s, BMW i4, BMW i4M50, BMW iX, and BMW iX3 premier edition.
BMW ELECTRIC CAR i3
While carrying the legacy of innovation for electric cars, the BMW electric car i3 never falls short of style. The BMW electric car i3 feels premium, truly electric, and comfortable.
DESIGN AND ELEMENTS
The BMW electric car i3 is a premium luxury sedan that offers comfort and safety. The interiors are premium and sporty with the whole electric car appeal. BMW electric car i3 comes with Active Cruise Control, Traffic Jam Assistant, Speed Limit Information, and other facilities.
As the first all-electric car, the BMW i3 has come a long way. However, the BMW electric car i3 variant of 2021 has no significant changes like the previous versions.
The BMW electric car i3 comes with a 42.2 kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack with an advanced active thermal management system. Additionally, it comes with an 8-year/100,000-mile High-Voltage Battery Warranty.
The starting price for BMW electric car i3 $44,450(MRSP). The BMW i3, though innovative, lacks by a few points or two from its electric cars competitors like Tesla(any variant like Tesla Model S), Nissan, Chevy Bolt, etc.
BMW ELECTRIC CAR i3S
BMW i3s is a ramped-up model of the BMW electric car i3. The BMW i3s comes with a more sporty look, more power, and better handling.
DESIGN AND ELEMENTS
You can notice the new features of the BMW i3s on the wheel design, sportier ride, and 10mm lower and 40mm wider stance than BMW i3 for better driving dynamics. Even with a new look, the BMW i3s does not come at par with the sporty designs like their previous model. But then again, BMWi is a sub-brand for electric cars.
There are no significant changes in the battery segment as both the BMW electric car i3 and the BMW i3s operate on a 42.2 kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack.
BMW i3s is slightly expensive than the BMW electric car i3. The BMW i3s is available for a starting MSRP: $47,650, while the BMW i3s range extender starts from $51,500(MRSP). Before you set your eyes on the BMW electric car i3 or i3s, make sure you see through what other competitors like Tesla Model S, Mercedes Benz EQC, and Jaguar have to offer.
OTHER MODELS FROM THE “BMWi” SERIES
BMW i4 eDRIVE40
Low and behold, the BMW i4, the most amazing Gran Coupé slated for the market showdown in 2021-2022. The BMW i4 is an all-electric car (sedan), a one-up series than BMW electric car i3, with everything one could ask. Here’s a look at what BMW i4 eDrive40 will offer:
DESIGN AND ELEMENTS
You can expect a sportier look, aerodynamic design, flowy roofline, a unique BMWi front pattern, and impressive rear that reflects the signature blue BMWi frame. The luxurious interior will have a driver-centric cockpit, a curved display, spacious seating, and premium standard accessories.
With an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the BMW i4 can fully charge in under 9 hours and give a range of up to 300 miles.
You can expect the BMW i4 to come with a starting price of $56,395. Prebooking for the BMW i4 is open, so if you register now, you will be able to get the sporty sedan by spring 2022. The BMW i4 is a straight competition to Tesla: Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model S, and other electric cars in the same bracket.
BMW i4 M50
Like the BMW electric car i3 and its sporty variant i3s, the BMW i4 M50 is the higher version of the BMW i4. With performance at par with the M class, the BMW i4 M50 is unquestionably an impressive offering coming from one of the best electric car companies.
The BMW i4 M50 comes with classy interiors, driver-oriented live cockpit infotainment, interior lighting, among other high-end specs. Additionally, you can choose from two-wheel variants to suit your preferences.
With an 80.7 kWh battery and two motors, the BMW i4 will give you a maximum speed of 139 miles. Also, you will be able to achieve 0-60 miles in just 3.9 seconds.
The BMW i4 M50 will hit the market with a starting price of $66,895. The BMW i4 M50, like its eDrive variant, is a direct competitor for Tesla: Tesla Model 3. Now, only time will tell if they pass the line or not.
THE BMW iX
With Mercedes Benz EQC, Jaguar I PACE, and Tesla in the all-electric SUV race, BMW comes up with all the tech and design to compete in the relevant market. The BMW iX is available in two models: xDrive40 and xDrive50.
BMW iX xDRIVE40
DESIGN AND ELEMENTS
The BMW iX xDrive40 comes with sporty looks and a familiar BMWi family kidney-shaped front grille. BMW iX xDrive40 has the narrowest twin headlights and rear light, the first-ever in a standard production vehicle. With a futuristic approach and minimalist design, BMW iX xDrive40 defines luxury.
The BMW iX xDrive40 comes equipped with a 70 kWh battery that can run up to 279 miles and reach 0-60 miles in 6.1 seconds.
While there is no clarity when xDrive40 will hit the U.S. market, xDrive 40 will be available in the U.K. at £69,000 in late 2021 and early 22.
BMW iX xDRIVE50
The xDrive50 like, the BMW electric car i3 and i4, is the upgraded version of the BMW iX series. It is the same but with few changes that make it a desirable option in the SUV segment.
DESIGN AND ELEMENTS
The BMW iX xDrive50 comes with BMWi’s iconic kidney-shaped front grille. BMW iX xDrive50, like xDrive40, has the narrowest twin headlights and rear light. The BMW iX xDrive50 comes with a panorama glass roof, rear lounge seats, and a curved display for better driver assistance.
The BMW iX xDrive50 comes 100 kWh battery, which is more than x40. Also, xDrive50 can reach 0-60 miles in 4.6 seconds.
The BMW xDrive 50 will be available in the U.S. at $83,200 in early 2022. The price range and features make the BMW iX series a straight competitor for electric car companies like Mercedes Benz EQC, Jaguar I PACE, and Tesla (Model X).
The BMW iX3 is an innovative and futuristic SUV all-electric model from BMWi, one of the prominent electric car companies. You can expect iX3 to have two variants: premier edition & premier edition pro. The BMW iX editions compete with Mercedes-Benz EQC, Jaguar I-Pace, and Tesla in the SUV category. Note: The BMW iX3(2021) is the first grand model to have 5th-gen eDrive technology.
The BMW iX3 premier version comes with a digital display and a touchscreen infotainment system, wireless phone charging, electrically adjustable leather seats. While the Premier pro edition will come with additional features like a head-up display, Harman Kardon surround sound, gesture control, parking assistant plus, automatic high beam assistant, and much more.
The BMW iX3 comes 80 kWh battery, reaching 80% in just 34 minutes(approx).
The BMW iX3 premier will be available in the U.S. at the starting price of $80,470, while the premier pro edition will have a starting price of $84,370.
At a common ground, the BMW iX3 comes with a panorama sunroof, Vernasca leather sun protect glazing and ambient lighting, and Sensatec dashboard. The BMW iX3 emerges as a power player with reasonable prices with highs and lows when comparing with Mercedes Benz EQC, Jaguar I Pace, and Tesla.
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WHAT’S MORE | CONCLUDING NOTE
The seeds of innovation planted by the legendary BMW electric car i8 and the sub-brand BMWi pave the way for more electric vehicles in the category. While we wish that the BMW electric car i8 could’ve stayed with us, we also hope to see a revamped BMW electric car i8(fully electric this time). The branding of i8 as the stepping stone for futuristic cars will be etched in history forever.
We can expect more announcements and concepts in the near future from BMW that will tackle every car segment from their competitors like Mercedes Benz EQC, Jaguar I Pace, and Tesla S. Moreover, BMWi serves as a definite treat for car enthusiasts looking for sustainable premium luxury cars, and people should go for it. The new technology might come with few setbacks, but this is how we step into the new world of possibilities.